Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Note from Lara: To capture the great strawberry flavor in this frosting, you'll want to go lighter on the powdered sugar. It will be a runnier frosting...great tasting, but not beautiful. If you're looking for for a pretty frosting to pipe, then just add more and more powdered sugar until you get the right consistency. The strawberry flavor will be more subtle.
Fresh Strawberry Frosting
adapted from Conversations with a Cupcake
5 medium or 4 large strawberries
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
up to 2 lbs. powdered sugar
4 tsp. (or 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp.) lemon juice
Start by washing and destemming the strawberries. Then mash them with your hands, allowing the juice and pulp to fall into a mixing bowl.
Add butter, shortening, and vanilla. Follow with about a cup of powdered sugar. Mix thoroughly with electric mixer.
Continue adding powdered sugar a little at a time and mixing thoroughly until the mixture is creamy and frosting-ish. Add the lemon juice and blend till evenly distributed. The lemon juice really balances the sugar and brings out that fresh strawberry flavor. Now for the important part: Lick those beaters!
Spread on cupcakes, graham crackers, brownies, fingers, etc. I've put this frosting on two cupcake recipes, both with excellent results: strawberry cupcakes, and vanilla cupcakes. (note: the second link is actually for chocolate cupcakes, but there's a vanilla variation below.) The picture above is of the vanilla cupcakes.
I had one verrrrrrrrrrry happy customer.